Armenia heads into the election home straight. Next Monday we will know the winners forming the future government – who will be in a ruling coalition and who will become the opposition. Before it happen, we present the pre-election opinion poll conducted by the Russian Public Opinion Research Center for the Armenian Shant TV.
The pre-election survey reveals that 32 percent of responders would vote for the ruling Republican Party of Armenia (RPA), 27 percent would back the Prosperous Armenia (PA) and 5 percent – the Rule of Law (RL). The election threshold would not be reached by the Heritage with a 4-percent result, the Armenian National Congress (3 percent) and the Communist Party of Armenia (2 percent).
According to the Research Center, 54 percent of the respondents were following the campaign, with which 83 percent found favour. The first place, given by 88 percent of the future voters, took the Prosperous Armenia, while 50 percent preferred the campaign of the Republican Party of Armenia.
The electoral turnout is to be 72 percent, although 55 percent of voters claimed that their votes would not change the final result. The Director of the Center revealed that the survey questionnaire was undertaken on a sample of 1600 adult citizens from throughout Armenia. The margin of error was 2.5 percent.
The parliamentary elections are to be held on 6 May. The National Assembly of Armenia, a unicameral body, consists of 131 members serving a four-year term. 41 of them are elected according to a single mandate system. 8 political parties and one alliance participate in this year’s election run – the aforementioned RPA, PA, the Communist Party and the Heritage Party (considered pro-Western), plus oppositionist Dashnaktsutyun (Armenian Revolutionary Federation), Armenian National Congress (a coalition currently outside the parliament), Democratic Party of Armenia, Country of Legality and United Armenians.
Translated by KD